Light emitting beatle & Tsurunuma Festival!

by Kazu

This is the only one photo that I was successful to focus on the light emitting beetle at night in HOTARU(light emitting beetle) Park of Numata Town.  Much clearer photos are at http://www.town.numata.hokkaido.jp/kankou/mirutaiken/hotaru/hotaru-kanshyo
I took this photo while I went camping in HOROSHIN area of Numata Town where I will visit again and stay in the hotel HOROSHIN Hot Spring Spa,HOTARU-KAN tomorrow after watching YOTAKA Andon(Lantern)Festival in Numata Town. The sounds of river and crickets are very nice to listen after soaking in the hot spring bath and while drinking beer! 
Besides, Urausu Town Summer Tastes festival was held on August 5(Sun.) in Tsurunuma Park of Urausu Town. The beef produced in Jinnai Farm 21 that I introduced before and that produces excellent mangoes in the greenhouses. Jinnai Fram 21 raises Red Japanese Beef Cattle as well.   
 This is the time trial race of bicycle on Tsurunuma which means crane pond in Japanese. I heard that only few riders were successful to complete the course on the floats that make the course unstable.
Most of the challengers dived into the pond without completing their short pilgrimage on the water.
Approximately only 10 minute-drive takes us to the vineyard owned by TSURUNUMA Winery Ltd. that I posted the photo previously, expressing that it's like the one in Europe or North America. TSURUNUNA Winery Ltd. will host Wine Festival on August 26(Sun.) in its vineyard. I met a lady who had a certificates of sommelier and come from Tokyo just to take part in the festival. It was so hot on that day but the weather was so fine.   
It is expected that it will not be so hot in comparison with last festival and many tourists and citizens of Urausu Town and adjoining cities and towns will swamp to the winery. The parking area is 5 minutes away from the winery by car and connected by shuttle buses. The restroom is almost full with the guests all the time wile the event. Please be careful!   
Many events are planned even after this weekend. It is strongly recommended to have a holiday of our liver. But we have to spent money to revitalize Sorachi sub-prefectural area including Urausu Town. That's the spirit! 
But never do dunken driving and even if you are cold sober, please keep it in mind to drive safely.
have a great weekend!


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